Staying Focused on a Low Calorie Diet

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How to keep yourself motivated to lose weight fast

Over the years low calorie diets have been proven to be very effective in providing weight loss benefit and even health benefits over time. For example in a scientific research study done by the * Diabetes Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia researchers discovered after 12 weeks of low calorie dieting that diabetic participants lost weight, inches and improved their ability to manage diabetes as well as lowering cholesterol.

Other diets like the hCG Diet protocol involve dieters maintaining a 500 calorie diet for up to thirty days in conjunction with an injection of hCG to burn fat and reduce hunger. The problem then becomes how to maintain focus and discipline so here are a few helpful tips.

Keep Track of your Progress

By keeping a written log of your progress and meals you can realize day to day when you are overeating or when you are putting weight back on. By examining diet, exercise and even day of the week it is possible to isolate any issues that may be hampering your progress. They say that knowledge is power and keeping a detailed log will provide you the valuable information that you need to make wise decisions regarding any modification you are making to your weight loss plan.

Set Goals

While you are keeping your weight loss log be sure to include your goals and highlight any milestones that have been surpassed. Also feel free to keep little notes about why you want to lose weight like “want to wear a bikini by July” or “Improve my cardiovascular health”.

It is ok to also set “sub” goals or smaller goals that will help you reach your main goal. For instance if you are trying to lose 20 pounds your 1st “sub” goal might be to lose your 1st pound, then next it might be to lose 3 pounds in a week etc…

Allow For Mistakes

We are not perfect and nothing is easier than giving up when things go wrong. It is best to try to plan what kind of treats you might give yourself in case you have cravings but understanding that setbacks may occur will give you the resiliency to bounce back. If you encounter a day that you may have overeaten be sure to continue to document that day and track your progress or regression. You might consider “making up for it” the next day by going for a walk or a swim. The most important thing is to not give up and realizing there may be setbacks will keep you in the right frame of mind.

Losing weight quickly can be done by following a low calorie diet plan but staying focused on the plan can sometimes be difficult. Dieting is not always easy but anything worth having is worth working for. By following the tips outlined in this article it could give you or anyone interested in losing weight the head start they might need to have a successful weight loss journey!

*Resources used for this article- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9229194

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